Global Studies

Sophia University

24 months
2144 USD/year
2144 USD/year
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The Graduate Program in Global Studies (GPGS) is part of Sophia University, one of Japan's leading private universities. The GPGS, founded in April 2006 (formerly the Graduate Program in Comparative Culture from 1979 to 2005), builds on Sophia's traditional strengths in area studies to study globalization.


Students take 4 credits of Foundational Courses to acquire theoretical concepts and methodological approaches for the study of global phenomena. A range of thematic Elective Courses drawing on concrete cases in Japan, China, and the rest of Asia enables students to explore global issues and phenomena from an area-based perspective. Students proficient in Japanese may also choose from a range of area studies and international relations courses taught in Japanese that focus on Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Study of Japanese and other languages relevant for a student's research and future career is strongly encouraged.

The purpose of Faculty of Global Studies is:

  • to educate students who can deal with both the positive and negative aspects of globalization
  • to contribute toward the building of a multicultural society
  • to develop research and educational programs for students, in or outside their home country

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Democracy in Globalization
  • Empire and Aftermath - A Global History
  • China-The Global History of A Rising Power
  • Globalization and Popular Religion
  • Topics in Sociological Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

For more information check the programme`s website

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2144 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2144 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2144 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2144 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.

240000 yen.


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